# 2019-290 Pay and Benefits, Compensation for Disability - Reserve Force

Compensation for Disability - Reserve Force 

Case Summary

F&R Date: 2021–04–08

The grievor disputed the denial of his claim for Reserve Force Compensation (RFC). He argued that his off-duty injury was an extension of a prior military injury from two years earlier. As redress, the grievor sought RFC for the period he was unable to work at his civilian job following the off-duty injury. 

The Initial Authority, the Director General Compensation and Benefits, denied the grievance on the basis that the injury was not attributable to military service and did not occur during a period of military service.

The Committee sought the expert opinion of the Directorate of Medical Policy (D Med Pol) regarding whether the second injury should be considered an aggravation of the original military injury. D Med Pol indicated that the original injury was resolved without resulting in a disability when the grievor's temporary medical category was removed and he returned to his civilian job and active military participation. Therefore, the D Med Pol did not consider the subsequent off-duty injury to be an extension or an aggravation of the original military injury.

As a result, the Committee found that the decision to deny the grievor's RFC claim was justified and recommended that the Final Authority (FA) not afford redress.  

FA Decision Summary

The Director Canadian Forces Grievance Authority, acting as FA, agreed with the Commitee's findings and recommendation not to afford the grievor redress.

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